Chaparral NM School Thanks Latinitas

The Latinitas team had the honor of presenting our body image and media literacy presentation to all the 5th and 6th grade girls at Desert Trail Elementary in Chaparral, New Mexico. We discussed the unrealistic portrayals of beauty that is often seen in mainstream media and we talked about confidence boosting tips. The girls created their own mini-magazines highlighting their own advice to have a healthy self-esteem. We were delighted by the message we received from the school….
Dear Latinitas,  I greatly appreciate your visit to our school. After your visit, my girls came up to me about how much they enjoyed your presentation. They have been deeply inspired with your presentation and magazine cover they created  resulting in their next project of creating a monthly magazine over their accomplishments in school. If your organization would like to come in the Spring for another presentation we would be grateful. Again, thank you for motivating the girls in our school.  Many come from low socioeconomic area and your organization has provided inspiration and encouragement to succeed.
Sincerely,
Sandra Silvas
Desert Trail Elementary School Counselor

Business Leaders Inspire Girls

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University Auditorium

WHEN: December 13 from 10am-3pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.

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Latinitas Encourages Girls to Aim High

Each fall, Latinitas El Paso hosts its annual Aim High Conference focused on encouraging career exploration among girls. Our members had an opportunity to meet local women leaders, hear about different career options and try hands-on activities that help them envision their future career. Girls had a chance to meet professionals in a wide range of fields especially career paths where women are still underrepresented such as science, technology, engineering and math. Our girls interviewed professional like meteorologists, doctors, computer scientists, physics professors, health professionals, science and math teachers. Our girls also had a chance to design their own bridge structure in an engineering activity, create their own computer game and interview college students about their career aspirations. Our girls also created their own video and photography project sharing their future career goals. Here are some comments from our participants….

100% of the girls reported that they learned about new career options
100% of the girls said the event helped boost their self-esteem and confidence
100% of the girls said the event helped them learn about ways to prepare for college
98% of the girls said they learned tips to become stronger leaders.

I liked how we learned how to be prepared for college and what career we should start thinking about. I liked how they motivated you. – Aracely

Everything was wonderful! I liked everything from the guest speakers to the different career choice stations. – Zavia

I enjoyed everything because it gives me many options I could do and it is something that interests me. -Shamila

What I enjoyed the most was doing different activities that helped me understand more about leadership.

I enjoyed everything! I can’t just choose one. I liked when I made a bridge, took a video as a doctor, played medical bingo and more. -Victoria

I enjoyed hearing all sorts of people talk about their careers, what to do in college, what my career path can be and to help others. -Anassa

I enjoyed learning about the things that help me for college and the experiment that we did with the marshmallows and how to build. -Kiara

I liked all the cool people, the great experiences, some projects and all the great memories that were made today. -Gabrielle

I liked working together to make a bridge with my new friends. -Alondra

I enjoyed the guest speakers that talked to us about their career experience and just giving us young teenagers motivation and confidence. I just loved the guest speakers.

I enjoyed the hands-on activities like building the tower and watching the balloon inflate. – Ariana

I liked everything when the professionals were talking to us about their conflicts and what they went through. I liked so many groups talking to us to do what we like.

I enjoyed when our three role models talked about their experience.

I liked looking at the different careers. – Faith

I think what I enjoyed the most was the fun activities and listening to the different careers and how they pursued them. -Selene

What I enjoyed the most was learning the different careers that you can choose from and how to get there. Also, how people came across their career and how they never gave up. – Karla

What I enjoyed the most was how to prepare for college. Also, I enjoyed participating in the computer science activity. – Emily

I enjoyed meeting people who go to college. I liked hearing their stories and how they improved themselves.

I liked the engineering class. – Victoria

I enjoyed when the three girls were presenting their careers and what they did to become what they are now. – Aileen

I liked how they helped us to get ready for our future. – Melissa

I liked the physics booth the most.

I liked when we went to the computer science class. – Estrella

I enjoyed the games because they showed you that you don’t always need to study you can have fun and play games too. -Vivian

I liked when we went to the computer lab and decorated using the scratch program. -Genesis

I liked when we went to computer science group and played with scratch. -Nadia

I liked the physics part the most. -Cinthia

I enjoyed bingo because I got to learn about he body parts and what they do to help you keep healthy and energetic. -Nayeli

I liked the computer science the most because it was challenging.

I liked meeting the medical school group.

I enjoyed the hands-on activities like making the marshmallow tower and the butterfly. Thank you. – Zenia

November 2014 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

AIM HIGH CONFERENCE

November 1 from 9am-3pm at 7000 Edgemere
The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Volunteers are needed to help throughout the event with set-up, decorating, stuffing goody bags, assisting with registration, helping workshop presenters, guiding small team activities and breaking down. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
November 1 from 3-8pm at Cafe Mayapan (2000 Texas Ave).
Volunteers are wanted to help set-up a group altar for the Dia de los Muertos festival. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own photos, momentos or decorations. For more information, contact latinitasep@gmail.com or 219.8554.

FERIA DE LA FAMILIA

November 23 at the El Paso Convention Center

Latinitas will be hosting an informational booth at the Feria de la Familia. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing informational materials and aiding with a concession stand. To volunteer, please email latinitasep@gmail.com or call 915.219.8554.

BUSINESS CHICA PLANNING TEAM – Coming up December 13

This event promotes the next generation of business leaders by connecting girls with local business professionals. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, fundraising and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

HEALTHY CHICA PLANNING TEAM – Coming up in January
Join us in encouraging girls to making healthy choices. This event will feature hands-on activities and presentations on staying active, nutrition and wellness. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, fundraising and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

GIRL EMPOWERMENT FELLOWSHIP

Latinitas is currently recruiting for our Girl Empowerment Fellowship to assist with facilitating our girl empowerment programs during the school year. Fellows will dedicate 5 hours a week to take on leadership roles in planning girl empowerment events, mentoring members, facilitating multimedia arts lessons and coordinating after-school programs. To apply, please send your resume latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

MENTORS WANTED FOR AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS

Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for girls in grades 4-8th and help guide girls with hands-on media arts activities. These clubs meet once a week from 5-6:30pm, so on-going volunteering is welcome. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitasep@gmail.com or call us at 915.219.8554

NOMINATE A LATINA LEADER
Nominate a candidate for the Mujeres Making a Difference Award.
The Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community of the greater El Paso area. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. Make your nomination here: http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list

El Paso Program Bulletin October 2014

GIRL POWER ACADEMY
Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 4-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service.
  • AIM HIGH (November 1) fosters career exploration
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December 13) connect girls with leaders
  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January 31) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February) prepares girls for higher education
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

AIM HIGH WORKSHOP
November 1 from 10am-2pm
7000 Edgemere
The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls ages 9-17 to aim high and dream big by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. The presenters will place a strong emphasis on careers where women are underrepresented such as science, technology, engineering and math. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

BUSINESS CHICA
December 13 from 10am-3pm
Southwest University

Girls ages 10-17 are invited to discover their entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century at the Business Chica Conference. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. The workshop fee is $10 and includes lunch. To register, sign up online at:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-tickets-13079967535
For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.

NOMINATE A YOUNG LATINA LEADER

Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers. We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change. To nominate a young leader, click here.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowering Latina youth through media and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression.We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

El Paso October 2014 ENEWSLETTER

2014-2015 Girl Power Academy

Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 5-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options.

 

Requirements: To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 of the 7 scheduled workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service. The program runs October through April 2015 and includes 7 workshops as well as additional community service opportunities and cultural celebrations during the school year.
Schedule: 

FALL & WINTER 2014

  • DAY OF THE GIRL – (October 10 from 4:30-7pm and October 11 from 10:30-12pm at 2000 Texas Ave.) promotes girl empowerment, boosts girls self-esteem, celebrates cultural heritage & encourages girls to express themselves creatively
  • AIM HIGH (November) fosters career exploration and connect girls to role models in various careers to help girls feel prepared for the workforce of the 21st century.
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December) connect girls with role models and inspiring leaders in the business realm

SPRING 2015

  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February) prepares girls for higher education.
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 for the year-long program and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

DAY OF THE GIRL FESTIVAL

October 10 from 4:30-7pm

Cafe Mayapan (2000 Texas Ave)

To celebrate girls in our community, the Day of the Girl Festival will focus on empowering girls and raising awareness of important issues affecting girls along the borderland. The rally will include musical entertainment, dance performances, interactive booths, art exhibits, poetry readings, theater performances, art & craft projects, games, prizes, speakers, and informational booths about organizations helping girls and women. The International Day of the Girl Child was established by the UN to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when groups come together under the same goal to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.

SUMMER INTERN SPOTLIGHT

Thank you to our dedicated summer interns who shared their time and talents to help empower Latina youth and make an impact in girl’s lives.   

Victoria Navarro – Editorial Intern

Sophomore, Princeton University  

Major: Chemistry, Minor:Latino Studies

“I’ve taken a deep interest in Latino Studies while at college this past year and have always been passionate about expression through writing. I would like to share stories I think would be helpful to young girls, and share some of my own experiences in applying to colleges/scholarships. The mission of the magazine, such as empowering young girls through multimedia and letting their voice be heard, is something I admire and would like to be a part of contributing to these goals.”

Christy Gutierrez – Video Production Intern

Senior, Texas Tech University – Advertising Major

“I love my city, love the idea of empowering young women and am extremely passionate about video producing. Latinitas is an established organization whose beliefs and mission coincide with my own and I’d love to help out where I can. Latinitas allows me the opportunity to build my portfolio for a great cause and use my talents to build strong relationships with the younger girls.”

 

Jacqueline Ramos – Graphic Design Intern

Junior, UTEP – Graphic Design Major

“The fact that Latinitas strives to help young Latinas to teach one another and make their community a better place is inspiring. I want to be able to gain satisfaction of helping my community in the best way that I know how, and at the same time learn from others.” 

NOMINATE A YOUNG LATINA LEADER

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders across the country for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers. We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change. To nominate a young leader, click here.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ESSAY CONTEST

Latinitas Magazine is sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for pre-teen and teen girls ages 9 to 18. The winner of the contest will win a back pack with prizes as well as having their winning work published in our magazine. Students are asked to write an essay between 300-750 words describing their favorite cultural tradition or sharing why they are proud of their heritage. Submissions are due on October 15. You may e-mail submissions at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, or submit electronically: http://laslatinitas.com/reporteritas-submission

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – CAMP YOUTH LEADERS
The Latinitas team would like to extend our deep appreciation to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make our summer camps a success. A few Latinitas shared their experience as volunteer teen leaders to help motivate and encourage younger girls.

“I think it is a great opportunity for me to do something good for other girls like me. It helps give me a sense of pride for giving my time and I hope to make a difference.” Hope Ayala, high school freshman.

 

“I want to participate in Latinitas because I really like the mission. I believe that being there for these young girls can mean so much to them. Being there to help each girl with their personal life can be very fulfilling to both them and me. I feel I can really relate to these young girls seeing as I am one myself and can really be there for them.” Lillian Macias , EPCC Early College

 

“It would be an honor to participate in an internship with Latinitas because of the fact that it concentrates on promoting girl empowerment. I truly believe it is a unique and valuable opportunity to get involved in my community with real life experience and make a difference. Latinitas helps me gain the training, knowledge and familiarity of an actual experience in being able to better help the Latin America females of our future.” – Joella Methola, sophomore,  Northwest EPCC

MUJERES MAKING A DIFFERENCE

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community of the greater El Paso area. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. Deadlines for Nominations are October 15th. Submit a nomination online: http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list

Day of the Girl

Day of the Girl is an international holiday recognized by the United Nations with the focus of celebrating girls and bringing awareness of issues impacting girls. To celebrate girls, we hosted a Day of the Girl event showcasing local female talent, inviting girls to express themselves through art, and highlighting local resources for girls. We asked girls to share what girl power means to them:

Girl Power

  • Girl power is important because ever since the older days, men have had control. We need a balance we need equality for men and women all across the globe.
  • Girl power to me is being a believer to anything girls do.
  • It means that girls are very powerful and capable of ANYTHING.
  • To stay together and stand by your friends.
  • Being strong.
  • That means you are strong.
  • Girls can do anything.
  • Powerful, indestructible.
  • Girls can do anything.
  • Girl power means to me that we’re strong, tough, powerful, and we can do anything a boy could do.

Girls Aim High at STEM Conference (El Paso, TX)

LOCAL WOMEN LEADERS MOTIVATE GIRLS TO AIM HIGH

Aim High Conference Features Leadership, Career & STEM Workshops

 

WHAT: Aim High Conference: Girls are given the opportunity to experience a real job mentored by professionals in this leadership and career workshop.



 

WHEN: November 1 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

 

WHO: Latinitas will be hosting the Aim High Conference, a special workshop about empowering Latina youth. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls in the 4th through 8th grades with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits and panels.

 

WHY: The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women.

 

COST: This event is free.

 

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LatinitasMagazine.org.

 

ABOUT LATINITAS: Latinitas is a non-profit promoting Latina youth empowerment through media and technology. Through multimedia enrichment programs, Latinitas empowers local girls to express themselves and connects them with role models and mentors who guide them in building their confidence and self-esteem. Latinitas members publishes www.latinitasmagazine.org, a bilingual digital magazine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.

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Donor Spotlight: State Farm Agent Elizabeth Lopez

Donor Spotlight: State Farm Agent Elizabeth Lopez

Elizabeth was born in Cd. Delicias, Chih and was raised in El Paso. She completed her first degree in Travel & Tourism, began an exciting career in the travel industry and quickly started management training. After ten years in the travel industry, she went back to school and completed her degree in Business Management. Within ten years, she climbed the corporate ladder up to the Director of Operations for a large consumer services organization.

“After 20 years of working for major organizations, I decided to look for opportunities to own my own business. About a year ago, I was selected to join the State Farm Agency Intern program to begin my training and preparation to own and operate my own State Farm Agency. This has been one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I am grateful every day that my life hasn’t always been easy – it has prepared me well for this challenge,” expressed Elizabeth.

To be part of an organization that not only promotes Latinas, but also prepares young Latinas through education, technology, and developing leadership skills is what motivates Elizabeth to have a strong presence within the organization. “I have been very blessed to have great examples of strength and integrity in my life – and consider it my responsibility to give back to my community (particularly our Latinas),” she adds.
Elizabeth has been a partner/volunteer with Latinitas for about 5 years and served as a Board Member for the last two years. As a Latinitas volunteer, Elizabeth has helped with coordinating the fashion show and Tiara Tuesday, organizing photography and art exhibit, sponsoring the Butterfly Effect Benefit, and sponsoring camp attendees.

Her advice to girls is: “ABOVE all things – stay true to yourself! Dream big …..all things are possible!”

Donor Spotlight: AAUW

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) mission is to empower women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  By empowering women and girls in the community, and across the nation at over 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners, the AAUW organization is breaking education and economic barriers. The AAUW has been a tremendous partner for Latinitas in helping co-host the Aim High conference. They served as volunteers throughout the event to aid with set-up, registration, meal preparation and more. Some of their representatives also served as guest speakers and hosted an informational fair during our career fair to share their career experience. They also sponsored the event to help us provide this opportunity to local girls free of cost by providing food and goody bags for all our participants.

Anne Mattersdorff, AAUW President gave Latinitas words of encouragement:
“Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your spirit with us…You are doing amazing things for these young women in Latinitas. You are changing lives, truly.”

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